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Published March 31, 2023

What's Happening in New York This Month

A go-to guide for noteworthy events, activities, and things to do in NYC this April.

by New York Bucket List


April showers bring May flowers (and UFO clouds, apparently). While it's true that, on average, April produces the most rainy days per month in New York, it's also the month when most spring blossoms are at their peak! The city is ready for spring, with a wide variety of events and activities to make the most out of the season.

From easter and earth day celebrations to boat and rooftop parties to new dining experiences and a major food hall opening, April in New York has a lot to offer. We've rounded up what's new and noteworthy this month, so you don't miss out on any of the fun!


A Curated List of Things to do in NYC This April


Coming Soon: The long-awaited Revelie Luncheonette (started by the founders of Raoul’s in the east village) is expected to open the first week of April.

Coming Soon: ALF Bakery will open in Chelsea Market, offering freshly baked breads, viennoiserie, pastries, babka, and sandwiches

All Month: Learn how to make delicious handmade dumplings (beef and veggie or a vegan option) in this hands-on class, plus two different dipping sauces to enjoy them with.

April 1: Pier 57 is a brand new food hall and community space opening this month with over a dozen kiosks featuring a talented mix of businesses, pop-up concepts, and seasoned operators’ bold creations.

April 4, 11, 18, & 25: This Speakeasy Mixology class teaches you how to make two craft cocktails while enjoying a sampling of fried chicken.

April 9: The last day to experience the Golden Girls Kitchen before it leaves Manhattan on April 9! Enjoy Sophia’s lasagna and other show-inspired menu items and activations, including cheesecake (of course)!

April 6, 13, 20, & 27: Enjoy an exclusive cocktail-making class with industry experts while taking in unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge and beyond. Learn how to make the classic Negroni and enjoy light bites while learning how to perfect your shaking, stirring, and garnishing skills.

April 7, 14, 21, & 28: Montauk comes to Manhattan in this Sip & Shuck Oyster class at Seamore’s. Learn to shuck oysters and taste and pair four types of oysters with different wines. Bonus: They also offer mixology classes that include three cocktails and your choice of appetizer!

April 16, 23, & 30: 9 Jones is a supper club inspired by the traditions of British Social Clubs. Enjoy a special brunch series this month, or go bougie and try their cocktail trolley and caviar bump experience!



All Month: It’s peak blossom season! We rounded up the best places to see the city in bloom so you can take advantage of the seasonal beauty.

All Month: Come along on a 90-minute topsy-turvy journey into the magical realm of Wonderland! This immersive Alice in Wonderland experience is an escape room, puzzle, and mixology class rolled into one wild adventure. Tickets include one welcome drink, two bespoke cocktails, and a sweet treat.

All Month: Try your hand at making and pouring your own custom candle in this class, where you can choose from a variety of vessels, scents, and mix-ins.

April 2 & 8: Get painted in reds, yellows, greens, and pinks at a Holi Festival in Brooklyn and enjoy the festival of colors in style with food, drinks, and amazing beats by NYC's Top Entertainers.

April 7: Wollman Rink will be temporarily converted into the largest pickleball installation in the Northeast, with 14 courts to play on starting April 7.

April 8: Celebrate Easter at the Seaport with egg hunts, egg decorating, scavenger hunts, crafts, and more festivities at The Seaport’s Easter Celebration.

April 9: The Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival will once again take over Fifth Avenue with a procession of pastels and creative headwear. Snag a spot near St. Patrick’s Cathedral or anywhere between 49th Street and 57th Street to see the colorful event.

April 13: Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a tattoo artist? Now you can experience it for yourself at FIB Tattoo Bar every Thursday and Saturday starting April 13. You’ll get to try your hand at inking and enjoy a free drink, plus access to the bar.

April 15 & 29: Boating season is here! This boat party series features uniquely themed parties as you cruise around the iconic sights of NYC. The themes for April are “Boatchella” and “Jersey Shore,” so make sure to dress for the occasion!

April 16: Union Square will host an Earth Day Celebration with dozens of environmental non-profits and climate campaigns, interactive workshops, and speeches.

April 22: The Seaport’s Hester Street Fair returns for the season with jewelry, art, baked goods, home goods, live DJs, and more!

April 22: Earth Day at Rockefeller Center has a full day of family-friendly activities planned that include face painting, a coloring station, earth-friendly vendors, treats, and more.

April 23: The Brooklyn Half Marathon kicks off at 7:00 am sharp and passes along the waterfront, under the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges, and finishes in Prospect Park.

April 23: Don’t miss the chance to be immersed in a mesmerizing array of orchids at the NYBG's annual Orchid Show. Running until April 23, the orchid show is the perfect way to celebrate the return of spring!



April 3: A new exhibition will debut at The Met, showcasing the works of 17th-century Afro-Hispanic painter Juan de Pareja.

April 9: A new exhibit at MoMA, To See Takes Time, features selected works by Georgia O’Keefe and offers a rare glimpse of the artist’s working methods.

April 22: Reflections is a projection-mapped light show inside a historic cathedral. See the walls come alive with a kaleidoscopic light show featuring immersive, rainbow-like projections transporting you for an unforgettable evening of sound and light.



All Month: Check out an immersive Moon Dust Cocktail Experience that combines dance, theater, circus, aerial, and acrobatics in a lounge with ethereal vibes.

April 5, 12, 19, & 26: Transport yourself to the roaring '20s in a speakeasy-style venue at Gotham Jazz Nights, where the bands are swinging, and you can enjoy an evening of jazz, burlesque, and more.

April 7, 14, 21, & 28: The Great Elsie De Wolfe is hosting her lavish soirees. Come and indulge in fine prohibition classic cocktails and food, and enjoy live acts from Burlesque, Acrobatics, and Flappers.

April 14: Get ready to party like it's 1979 at Fuzzy Dice, the biggest and best disco house event in Manhattan. Dress in your best disco attire and prepare to dance the night away to groovy beats by The Knocks!



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